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A(I)RTISTS

DI AYA SAADI

15/01/2023

Artificial Intelligence is changing the way we experience things around us, including the art world. From its use in virtual and augmented reality to 3D printing, AI is transforming the way we create, share, and experience art. In this article, we'll explore some of the possibilities and challenges that AI is opening up for artists and art lovers.

AI is being used to create new artwork by generating images based on certain parameters. This revolutionary way of creating art has a wide range of applications. With AI, computer-generated art can be created quickly on demand and tailored to specific needs since AI can help replicate styles, generate new ideas, and experiment with different techniques while providing reliable results much faster than manual processes. Creating art is not its only possible use, because it can also analyse artworks to determine age, materials used etc or to assess their value. Thus, AI has the potential to revolutionise art production, art viewing, and art appreciation.


What can be the benefits for artists?

AI can automate tedious and time-consuming tasks for artists, like making adjustments to photos or editing videos, or it can be used to help with inspiration and creativity by generating ideas and suggesting fresh, thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing and engaging images on demand. AI technology is increasingly used for content creation purposes and is proving to be an invaluable tool for inspiring creativity and igniting ideas, and it can also help artists better understand their audience’s preferences, creating content more tailored to them.


What are some of the ethical challenges?

Art is a reflection of humanity and its purpose to convey emotion, meaning, and life experiences. Without the unique and creative touch of traditional art creation, AI art fails to capture true artistry. However, there are some concerns around the use of AI in the arts, such as who owns the rights to the resulting artwork, and how will this technology impact existing artists? Finally, the introduction of AI in the art world raises a few interesting questions. How will these systems affect our perceptions of what it means to be an artist, and how might it disrupt the existing art economy? Will AI kill art as we know it? The use of AI in art also raises questions about the potential for cultural homogenization and bias in AI-generated artworks. These are questions that still require further exploration and research. Two particular situations have ignited social debate:

  1. An AI-created image called “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” winning first place in an art competition. On social media, artists from around the world have voiced their opinions, with a consensus that Jason Allen, the winner of the Colorado State Fair's digital arts competition, isn't an artist and that his work shouldn’t have been accepted as original art in the first place, let alone won the competition.

  2. LensaAI. The debate on LensaAI revolved around the impact that these mass-produced images might have on actual artists that spent years perfecting their craft and its production of biassed, overly sexualized pictures of women and children. Another concern has been the potential misuse of sensitive personal information.


Conclusion

In conclusion, AI is opening up a world of possibilities for the art world. From augmented and virtual reality to 3D printing, AI is making it possible to create, share, and experience art in new and exciting ways. As technology continues to advance, the opportunities and ethical challenges for artists and art lovers alike become greater and greater.

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